Dalglish fury at Rooney appeal
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on Thursday blasted the Football Association (FA) for setting a bad example in their appeal of Wayne Rooney’s three-match international ban.
“I find it a bit strange the FA are supposed to be setting an example for things yet they appeal against Wayne Rooney’s three-match ban,” said Dalglish.
“I don’t think that’s a good example to set.”
The Manchester United striker’s UEFA suspension was reduced from three to two matches by UEFA after a red card for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic during England’s 2-2 draw in Montenegro in October.
But Dalglish contrasted the situation with the treatment of one of his own players, Luis Suarez, both on and off the pitch.
Liverpool’s Uruguay international, already facing a racism charge dating back to October, has been charged with misconduct after allegedly making an obscene gesture to fans following the 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Monday.
And Dalglish believes the FA should look at their own actions before tackling other issues.
Dalglish labelled the way the FA have dragged their heels over Suarez’s racism charge with no date yet set for a hearing at which Suarez will deny the allegations against him.
“The fact it has taken nine weeks to get a decision on one of the other charges is a bit of a joke as well,” added Dalglish.
“For me the most important person, who is under the greater spotlight, is Luis,” said Dalglish.
“The people at Liverpool and anyone who has any leaning to the club — be it staff, players, supporters — they will stand by him and they know what the truth is.
“If anyone wants to see the truth from the other night it is on the screen.”